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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Aug 12, 2011 5:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '81

Don't miss this one from '81! Not exactly an overlooked show but not one that gets brought up all to often.
First and foremost there's the Scarlet>Fire which is a Top 15 version (imho). The Scarlet itself is only pretty good but starting with the transition jam into Fire things really cook. The band is really listening to each other in this segment and then Jerry takes over in Fire. His first solo in particular is my favorite, not the hottest ever but its very thoughtful and precise, enough to make you forget that this is from '81 and make you think its '77 (almost).

Beyond all that there's a really fantastic version of Estimated, my favorite post 70s version, with a super hot solo and some really great Jerry/Bobby interplay in the outro jam. In fact Bobby's playing throughout is above average for this era, check out his solo in FOTD. Furthermore there are above average versions of Althea, Eyes, Space and Morning Dew (though the power of the Dew is somewhat muted by the abominable Around and Around that follows it). The only downside is that the source available isn't exactly awesome... a B/B- soundboard with a couple of long and rather sloppily inserted AUD patches, though it is a fairly decent AUD.

Anyway, enough rambling, just listen to the fucker:

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Poster: billydlions Date: Aug 12, 2011 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '81

The crappy soundboard kills this show for me. I cant believe there's no decent audience recording for this show since 1981 has so many good ones to listen to.